U.S. Senator Thad Cochran voted Tuesday to give final congressional approval to legislation that gives extended reauthorization to federal aviation programs that will benefit air service and airports in Mississippi.
The Senate on Monday voted 75-20 to approve the FAA Modernization and Reform Act (HR.658), clearing the way for a three-year reauthorization and reform of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to become law.
The House of Representatives approved the FAA conference report last week.
The FAA authorization law expired in October 2007 and the agency has operated under a series of short-term extensions ever since.
“This legislation gives the Federal Aviation Administration much-needed authority to improve the efficiency and safety of air travel in the United States. Its enactment is long overdue, but I am optimistic that the changes incorporated into this bill will benefit Mississippi and the nation.”